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By Rich Handley

CAEN RFID Releases Two New Readers

CAEN RFID has announced two new mobile RFID readers. The company's qIDmini and qID readers, when used in combination with a smartphone or tablet, enable users to read a seal's Electronic Product Code (EPC) and tamper status.

The qIDmini (model R1170I), a RAIN RFID handheld reader in the company's easy2read product family, is compliant with the ISO 18000-6C/EPC Class 1 Gen 2 UHF RFID standards. The qIDmini has an integrated antenna suitable for short- to medium-range applications. Due to its Bluetooth communication interface, the firm reports, the device provides a UHF RFID add-on for any Bluetooth-enabled host, such as a PC, a smartphone, a PDA or a tablet. The reader is compatible with Microsoft Windows XP/7 and Windows CE/Mobile, Android, and Appile iPhone and iPad operating systems. The HID version supports native keyboard emulation, allowing it to interact directly with legacy applications, office automation software or other generic solutions requiring manual input.

The qIDminiNF version is specifically designed to optimize reading performance with near-field miniaturized tags, like Murata's Magicstrap and Hitachi's USPT. The near-field antenna of the qIDminiNF reader permits users to read small tags, even those embedded in small parts like watches, jewels or mechanic parts. According to the company, the combination of the miniaturized near-field tags and the qIDminiNF reader allows users to retrieve the serial numbers of small objects and to check the originality of parts.

The reader can operate in Batch Mode, enabling it to store EPC codes into internal memory when communication links (USB or Bluetooth) are not available. Designed for mobile operators in indoor or outdoor areas, the qIDmini is suitable for use in in-store inventory management, field sales mobility, and service and maintenance applications.

The qID (model R1240IE, R1240IU) is a wearable RAIN RFID reader, also of the easy2read family, with an integrated antenna for medium- to long-range applications. It is compliant with the ISO 18000-6C/EPC Class 1 Gen 2 RFID standards. The reader hosts an internal rechargeable battery and can operate in wired mode (using a USB cable) or in wireless mode (through the Bluetooth interface).

Thanks to the Bluetooth communication interface, the qID provides an add-on for any Bluetooth-enabled host, such as a PC, a smartphone, a PDA or a tablet for UHF RFID readings. The reader is compatible with Windows XP/7/8/10, Windows CE/Mobile, Android and iOS operating systems, and can also operate in Batch Mode, allowing it to store up to 500,000 EPCs into internal memory when communication links (USB or Bluetooth) are not available.

The qID can work autonomously thanks to its internal scripting engine; a user can upload a script to be executed if the trigger button is pressed. The scripting language permits users to access all Gen 2 commands, and to drive an optional bar-code scanner, LEDs and internal memory. An optional 1D-2D bar-code imager enables the qID to read most bar-code standards. Designed for mobile operators, the qID is suitable for inventory management, field sales mobility, service and maintenance applications.

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